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TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games

  • Date: 07-06-2010 Views:

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  • Summary: The name 'Final Fantasy' is synonymous with JRPG, the old school RPG, and 'classic' to gamers everywhere. Many years ago only the nerdiest of gamers would have played Final Fantasy, and spoke of it in the same hushed reverie as art fans speak of Michelangelo, but today you have to have been living under a rock if you haven't played at least one Final Fantasy game.

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TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games

By Ron Fair

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The name "Final Fantasy" is synonymous with JRPG, the old school RPG, and "classic" to gamers everywhere. Many years ago only the nerdiest of gamers would have played Final Fantasy, and spoke of it in the same hushed reverie as art fans speak of Michelangelo, but today you have to have been living under a rock if you haven't played at least one Final Fantasy game. Whether you are a lifetime fan, a recent fan, a former fan, or somebody who has only heard the name "Final Fantasy" and nothing else, the long and storied history of the Square-Enix flagship franchise is one to be celebrated.

TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games

With Final Fantasy XIV on the horizon and with the buzz surrounding this game, there is no better time to celebrate the franchise. The game has been filled with lush worlds, brave heroes, and memorable monsters…

And some of the baddest, raddest villains in video game history.

These villains are so nefarious and vile that they deserve a spotlight. So, to celebrate the release of Final Fantasy XIV, let's look at the top 5 Final Fantasy villains.

5. Zeromus (Final Fantasy IV)

TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games

You meet Zeromus through his pawn Golbez and as his mortal forum Zemus, which might make him seem like such a downplayed villain. You learn that Zemus is a powerful Lunarian (moon person) who plans to wipe out all life on Earth so that the Lunarians can take over, but what you don't know is that the entity behind him is so much more wicked. Zemus sounds like your ordinary megalomaniacal wannabe-conqueror, which is pretty bland and boring; so who would suspect that the spirit within him is the very essence of hate, violence, fear, and anger? It's not until you jump through all the hoops and defeat him in a very challenging final boss battle that he drops the bomb that as long as evil lives in people's hearts and negative emotions exist, he will always be there. Say what you want; that business is intense. Sure, it's a little cliché (Chaos from Sailor Moon had the same deal going), but it's still a very rare character to be utilized, and a very chilling thought to consider that a super-powered monster is fueled by human nature itself, and no matter how many good people stand up to fight it and no matter how many times its destroyed by the brave and virtuous, even the pure-hearted heroes may be allowing this being to live. Of course, since you never see him again, well…nuts to him, then.

4. Chaos (Final Fantasy I)

So, in the very beginning of the game, you kill a dark knight named Garland who kidnapped a princess in a very easy boss battle. You think nothing of him, because he's such a minor villain and a side-story to the main objective of restoring the Orbs of Light. But then you find out that Garland is, in fact, a demigod-like being from 2,000 years in the past, who has used the four main bosses you've just killed as a means to resurrect himself and live forever in the future, terrorizing the world. Apparently this super villain has killed the Heroes of Light before, so it's your crew that he's looking for revenge on. The problem is that when you kill Garland in the past and return to the future, thinking everything's good, you're suddenly face-to-face with a brand new super-Garland created in a brand new reality. This is Chaos, and he REALLY means business.

TOP 5 Best Villains in Final Fantasy Games

Not too many villains have managed to create a time-loop to allow themselves to live forever, and even fewer have been so evil that with time and space converging to bring all these alternate villains into one existence, it creates a beast of frightening powers. Well, that's Chaos for you. He has the look of a draconic god, like a traditional Bahamut (not the Final Fantasy adaptation) but now far more evil and far more powerful. For Square's last ditch effort to save themselves as a company, they really pulled out the stops to create a very dynamic and original enemy in terms of storyline, and for the time and technology Square told the story of Chaos impeccably. Nobody would have suspect that weak little Garland would reappear, take center stage, and be as powerful as he would become at the end of the game. Unfortunately, it seems such brilliant writing has been left behind by Square-Enix (though give them credit, because XIII had a pretty good premise in terms of storyline), so let's appreciate the days where you had a villain like Chaos, who has very few equals in the Final Fantasy world or beyond.